Watch Captain Victoriano and First Officer Barbara during a perfect landing with 525 passengers aboard on tiny Rostock-Laage airport with a runway of only 2.500 meters length. This flight is coming from Madrid bringing cruise ship passengers for their vacation. This landing marks the third ever landing of a 747 in Rostock after Air Force One and another Wamos Air Boeing 747 two weeks earlier. The regular apron of this regional airport and especially the taxiways are too small/ narrow, so that the giant needs to park on the military airfield on the opposite side. Thanks to Victoriano, Barbara, Hugo and Enrique for this remarkable piece of Boeing 747 utilization and for allowing us to capture this moment for all AirClips viewers.
Wamos Air, formerly Pullmantur Air, is a Spanish airline headquartered in Madrid. It mostly operates leisure charter flights, several of them on behalf of Pullmantur Cruises from its main base at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. As of 2016, it is 81% owned by Springwater Capital and 19% owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The Boeing 747-400 is a major development and the best-selling model of the Boeing 747 family of jet airliners. While retaining the four-engine wide-body layout of its predecessors, the 747-400 embodies numerous technological and structural changes to produce a more efficient airframe. Its most distinguishing features versus preceding 747 models are 6-foot (1.8 m) winglets mounted on 6-foot (1.8 m) wing tip extensions, which are found on all 747-400s except for Japanese domestic market versions.
The 747-400 is equipped with a two-crew glass cockpit, which dispenses with the need for a flight engineer, along with more fuel-efficient engines, an optional fuel tank in the horizontal stabilizer, and revised fuselage/wing fairings. The aircraft also features an all-new interior with upgraded in-flight entertainment architecture. As on the 747-300, passenger variants include a stretched upper deck as standard. The model has a maximum capacity of 660 passengers with the 747-400D variant, and can fly non-stop for up to 7,670 nautical miles (14,200 km) with maximum payload, depending on model.
Northwest Airlines first placed the 747-400 in commercial service in February 9, 1989. The 747-400 was produced in passenger (−400), freighter (−400F), combi (−400M), domestic (−400D), extended range passenger (−400ER) and extended range freighter (−400ERF) versions. The last 747−400, a -400ERF, was delivered in 2009. The 747-400 is the second-most recent version of the Boeing 747 family, having been superseded by the improved Boeing 747-8.